MBA in Best Buy for 700 bucks

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  1. dogslobber macrumors 68040

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    Wow! $300 off is the highest single discount I've seen on them.
     
  3. rafark macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, you could buy a MBA and an iPhone SE for the price of an iPhone X! :eek: It's a great deal.
     
  4. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah except it's most likely because new ones are coming very soon! :D
     
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    Thanks, dogslobber ! I noticed this earlier in the day, and am going to save my friend $150. Woo hoo !
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    BTW, do you know the price refresh interval ? In other words, what is the shortest possible period a price may stay valid for ? Is it 24 hours ?

    In other words, can the price change every hour (like I've noticed on Amazon) ? Or is it guaranteed to stay constant for at least a 24 hour (or longer) period ?
     
  6. dogslobber thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The last two times it's been for a single day only so I reckon it ends at 10pm tonight. Typing on my 700$ MBA I bought last month and must say it is a simply superb computer.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated. I will make sure we contact BestBuy today for the price adjustment.

    Yes, I've used my friend's new MBA and agree - it is superb. Battery life is astonishing!
     
  8. dogslobber thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Back to a grand so I hope y'all bought yesterday!
     
  9. gertruded macrumors 6502

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    Still the best computer Apple has ever produced. Newer design is not always better. With one hooked to a 25" screen at home any specious argument about screen quality is just silly. My 2012 with a newer battery I installed in a few minutes still going strong.
     
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    Like clockwork, every time Best Buy has a sale on Macbook Airs someone says this. One day that statement will be correct. :p
     
  11. OldEditor macrumors member

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    Well, yes, at home and hooked into a 25" screen -- sure.
    That said, some of us do use 'em as, you know, notebooks/laptops.
    Hey, I'm an Air fan, and I love the portability of the 11 inch. It is certainly not knocked from usefulness by its screen limitations.
    That said, it's time to give the MBA an updated display.
    I have certain uses that I now reach for my iPad rather than my Air simply and solely because of display quality.
    Nothing specious about wanting an up-to-date display in an everyday use portable machine.
    I mean, come on, it's 2018; there's really no excuse for that screen in a 13" laptop that goes for $999. Same would be true at $899 or $799.
     
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    Unless they just discontinue it. ;)
     
  13. OldEditor macrumors member

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    Yep, that's pretty much the issue: Improve it and/or bring down the cost, or let it die.
    As much as I like the MBA, I agree with those who say it has become a weak offering at a price point of $999.
    I'll run my own own 2014 11" refurb as long as it will go, but I wouldn't drop $1K on the current machine.
     
  14. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    Same here, still using my 2013 maxxed out MBA and it's been just great. Have used it longer than any other laptop I've owned... and my first was a Powerbook Duo. :)

    No, I would not buy another one today. Am facing a choice soon since the trackpad has gone slowly downhill and is barely usable now. Not a big problem yet, I prefer a mouse anyway. But not sure if I want to put any money into fixing a 5 year old computer - should also replace the battery.

    Will have to see what the next generation of Apple laptops looks like...
     
  15. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    $700... brand new latest 2017 whatever?

    'Cuz I saw bunch of refurbs. Wonder BB Refurb same as Apple Refurbs.
     
  16. Dodgeman macrumors 65816

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    I saw it yesterday and did the let me sleep o it deal!!!!!!
    Came back today man and it $300 more!

    Oh well guess I will keep waiting!
     
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    I agree that at $999, it is rather weak. But, a sale like this $699 sale definitely makes its a killer buy, esp. for someone who doesn't care about the higher res screen or more horsepower. This laptop is perfect for my friend who uses it just for web browsing, a few Word documents, and movie watching. No better computer in history for her.
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    Grabbed the price adjustment by the neck ... from $850 to $700 ... yahoo ! :)
     
  18. OldEditor macrumors member

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    I certainly agree the current, basic MBA at $699 is a buy.
    But we have to remember, so far the $699 prices have shown up only on 24-hour "flash" sales and are doing so because BB is preparing for what comes next, be it a discontinuation of the MBA or a replacement model MBA in the Macbook line.
    Without a doubt, it's a nice sale grab, but it's not actually a sustainable market approach.
    Hey, I'm not among the "Death to the Air!" crowd; I'm just saying it really is in need of a refresh if Apple expects to keep pulling a $999 (or thereabouts) price.
    Slap a retina on that thing and upgrade the processors, and I'll literally stand up and applaud.
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    And bring back the 11-inch, but updated. Know it won't happen ... but pleasant wish or daydream. :)
     
  19. SusanK macrumors 68000

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    It happened a few weeks ago, too. I paid $799 at BB. BB price was reduced in the return window. BB did a price match.
     
  20. Dodgeman macrumors 65816

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    Yeah just a quick 24 hour flash sale.
    Guess we will not know when it will happen again?
     
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    Agree with everything you said. And I'm sure that the 11 inch form factor would be appreciated by many.
     
  22. SusanK macrumors 68000

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    Would love the 11" MBA. Will never understand why it was discontinued.
     
  23. sracer macrumors 604

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    Apple didn't state such but I firmly believe it was to push those people to the retina Macbook. The 11" MBA doesn't have an SD card slot, so in that respect it is closer to the rMB than the 13" MBA. Perhaps Apple's marketing research concluded that the people who buy the 11" MBA would generally be satisfied with the Macbook.

    In my case, they're wrong. My 2014 4GB/128GB 11" MBA is 4 years old and still going as strong as the day I bought it.
     
  24. SusanK macrumors 68000

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    I agree it was an attempt to push the MacBook but I don't understand Apple's logic.
     
  25. dogslobber thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The 11" perhaps didn't have the ROI to make it worthwhile but we'll never know.
     

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